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Do Succulents Need Drainage?

To drain or not to drain is a question on every succulent newbie’s mind. Frustratingly, lots of pots out there are made without a drainage hole which can be incredibly annoying as succulents prefer pots that are able to let all that excess water out. Or do they? Below I will explain why succulents are […]

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Succulent Leaves Shrivelling- the reasons and fixes

The great majority of succulents are incredibly hardy and survive where many other types of plant would perish. It is for this reason, and their cute looks succulents are so popular. But as their popularity increases so does misinformation about how to care for them. For instance, some say to keep succulents bone dry most […]

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Will Variegated Succulent Leaves Produce Variegated Plant?

Variegated succulents are just that little bit special and also extremely popular. But the term is used rather selectively. After reading into what variegation actually is, it can be a bit confusing to identify which plants are variegated and how the variegation in them occurred. Some variegation is natural, some can be caused by different […]

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Grafted Cacti Explained

Humans have for long liked to tinker with plants. In the past most of it was down to creating better, higher yielding food providing plants. Nowadays, we still graft and genetically modify edible plants, so they are more resilient, tastier and superior, but we also play more with ornamental plants. Grafted cacti are a result […]

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The Difference Between a Succulent Cultivar & Hybrid

The language around describing succulents can be a little confusing sometimes as lots of words are thrown around, often interchangeably. Usually it is of a little consequence and the terminology does not get in the way of enjoying or caring for your plant, but it can be good to know what some of these words […]

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How Does My Succulent Nursery Grow Plants

Although the plant nursery I operate is very small, we manage to produce close to half million plants every year. This is nothing in comparison to big wholesale nurseries producing the same amount in a month, but still, it is quite a lot. But how exactly do I manage to grow so many succulents? Where are […]

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The Best Red Succulents That Stay Red

Succulents come in an amazing array of colours and are an absolute standout in the garden. Almost all succulents will change colour based on the seasons, exposure to the sun and other factors. Many of you already growing succulents would have noticed that the best and brightest colours come through in the cooler months. But […]

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Aphids On Succulents & How To Treat Them

Aphids are an incredibly annoying pest as they tend to appear in large numbers overnight and completely swamp some succulents. My plant nursery deals with Aphids every Spring, Autumn and Winter and I have tried an incredible amount of treatments over the years to find the ultimate solution. The good thing is Aphids are quite […]

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How To Care For Succulents In A Heatwave

Temperatures round the world are getting more erratic and records seem to be dropping yearly. Recently Canada, of all places, experienced 49.5C/121F. I know very well how these kinds of temperatures feel as our small nursery is based west of Sydney in Australia where in summer it can easily get to mid 40’s. I have […]

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Rotting Succulents Explained

It is always heart-breaking to see a plant die. Succulents can rot for many reasons and while some can be saved others will almost definitely die once the rot has set in. Below I will try and answer all the questions surrounding root rot in succulents based on my experience of growing large numbers of […]

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